Actor Michael B. Jordan reveals that he would love to return to play Erik Killmonger in Black Panther 2.
Fitting with a recent run of more sympathetic Marvel Cinematic Universe villains, Jordan's performance as Erik Stevens, aka Killmonger, is held as one of the best bits in Ryan Coogler's acclaimed film. As Black Panther came to an end, Killmonger and Chadwick Boseman's T'Challa went head to head, but nstead of bowing to the king, the antagonist stuck to his principles and asked T'Challa to let him die. It may seem like a pretty definitive end to Jordan's short tenure in the MCU, but the star said he's willing to come back if the opportunity ever arises.
Speaking to MTV, the actor was asked whether his personal love of the Black Panther comics means he wants Killmonger's story to carry on. "As you said, of Marvel, of comic books, everybody knows that," Jordan replied. "So I mean if there was ever an opportunity for me to come back and like join this universe and work with like Joe Russo, Kevin Feige, Victoria [Alonso], and everyone over there at Marvel, re-team with Ryan [Coogler] you know, of course I would."
As Avengers 4 will undoubtedly show audiences, death isn't necessarily the end of an actor's role in the MCU. Superhero comics are notorious for resurrecting characters, and only this year, fans saw the surprise return of Red Skull (albeit briefly) in Avengers: Infinity War. Elsewhere, Lee Pace will reprise his role as Ronan the Accuser for the upcoming '90s-set Captain Marvel.
Fans have already seen Wakanda's resurrection powers, so there is every chance someone could bring Killmonger back from the grave, or that Jordan could return to the role in a flashback capacity. There is currently no news on where a possible Black Panther 2 is up to, who will star or who the lead villain will be, but at least Jordan is ready and willing if Coogler wants to make the call.
Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther, Michael B. Jordan as N’Jadaka/Erik “Killmonger” Stevens, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Forest Whitaker as Zuri and Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue. It is available on digital, Blu-ray and DVD.